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Two Obstacles to a Relationship with God

Jonathan Parnell
Two Obstacles to a Relationship with God

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a

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Living the American Nightmare

Jonathan Parnell
Living the American Nightmare
It’s not the nightmare of violence in the Middle East, or the generic nightmare of life in a fallen world. It’s the American Nightmare — the one where millions of us are murdered, and our body parts are quietly sold for research, all by an organization our government is funding.
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Is Our Stance on Abortion Too Flimsy?

Jonathan Parnell
Is Our Stance on Abortion Too Flimsy?
The last few weeks have sparked outrage among Christians and any who advocate for the rights of unborn children. These videos on Planned Parenthood’s work expose them for the horror they are. The grim truth, though, is that still many Christians are not really bothered by it all.
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Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer?

Jonathan Parnell
Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer?
Today a video was released of Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services casually describing how they sell aborted babies’ organs for profit. It’s just another example of the abortion industry self-destructing. How much longer will we allow it to continue, America?
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Lord, You’re Beautiful

Jonathan Parnell
Lord, You’re Beautiful

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. (Psalm 17:15)

One day we will stand before Jesus.

If we could see through the clutter of our lives now…

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Call That Love

Jonathan Parnell
Call That Love

I sing lullabies to my four-year-old son.

I usually make them up on the fly, and they sound horrible. He appreciates them, though, and so, every night as I tuck him into bed, by his request, I sing him another…

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Freed from Self-Absorption

Jonathan Parnell
Freed from Self-Absorption

C.S. Lewis helps awaken us to the “astonishing realness of things.” It’s what Alan Jacobs calls an “omnivorous attentiveness” — a bewildering awareness of the things all around us. It is being alive to what is, to things that…

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Either ‘Okay’ or ‘Thank You’

Jonathan Parnell
Either ‘Okay’ or ‘Thank You’
My five-year-old can’t stop saying the f-word. It just happened. I didn’t teach it to her. Her mom didn’t either. But again and again — and every Saturday without fail . . .
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Game-Changer for Bible Reading

Jonathan Parnell
Game-Changer for Bible Reading
How does the Old Testament point to Jesus? In this four-minute video, Bryan Chapell tackles this crucial question for preaching and teaching, as well as everyday Bible reading.
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Die Well

Jonathan Parnell
Die Well
As a society, especially those of us in the younger generation, we haven’t come to grips with what dying is all about. We don’t really know what it is or what it means. At best, we’re confused. At worst, we’ve invoked a kind of intentional ignorance.
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God’s Grace Will Find You

Jonathan Parnell
God’s Grace Will Find You
The phrase is so popular, do we really know what David is saying? “Even though,” he begins, “*Even though* I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. . .” (verse 4).
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Where Is Heaven on Earth?

Jonathan Parnell
Where Is Heaven on Earth?
Once in college I went to a prayer meeting put on by a small Evangelical denomination in the rural South. It was the kind of denomination that has a string of adjectives before the word “Baptist” — the kind that you might expect to handle snakes or something.
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Jesus Turns the Tables

Jonathan Parnell
Jesus Turns the Tables
Holy Monday. It may have felt like the proverbial Monday morning in the modern Western world — a time to reengage the grind and get back to work. Jesus, indeed, walked into Jerusalem to take care of business.
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The War of Love

Jonathan Parnell
The War of Love

The color was porpoise gray — that’s “porpoise” like the dolphin. Porpoise gray. That’s the color my wife chose to paint the little sunroom at our house a few years ago. She loves it when I take on house projects…

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Let’s Bring Conversation Back

Jonathan Parnell
Let’s Bring Conversation Back
Conversation has fallen on hard times. Let’s face it, most of us find talking to strangers to be a rarity. This is our new societal reality.
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Spurgeon Biography by John Piper (New Book)

Jonathan Parnell
Spurgeon Biography by John Piper (New Book)

You will face adversity — it’s only a matter of time. In fact, chances are, you’ve already experienced hardship. The question then, and going forward, is how you persevere through the oppressing moments of life?

This goes for everyone, but…

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Parenting Means Wrestling Demons

Jonathan Parnell
Parenting Means Wrestling Demons

I nudged the door open with my shoulder, hands holding carryout (again). I made my way through the dark living room and set dinner on the table. I could hear the kids playing in the basement as I peeked into…

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Whatever It Takes

Jonathan Parnell
Whatever It Takes

We need clarity on the meaning of life.

I mean clarity not in terms of getting our theology in order, or knowing what to say if our pastor asked, but clarity in terms of the questions we should stop and…

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When God Calls You Out

Jonathan Parnell
When God Calls You Out
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).
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When Jesus Prays for Your Faith

Jonathan Parnell
When Jesus Prays for Your Faith
We see this in Acts 1 — in the in-between story of Jesus telling his disciples the Spirit will come (Acts 1:8) and the Spirit actually coming (Acts 2:1–4). Pentecost is when things really get going, right? So what is the point with this preliminary stuff?
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When You Don’t Have Time to Pray

Jonathan Parnell
When You Don’t Have Time to Pray
Dressed warm enough to go outside, I ease down to my basement study and turn on the desk lamp. It flickers once or twice before its dusty yellow light focuses on the Bible laid open beneath it. The table had been set; my soul had been starving, and now, I made it on time.
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24 Free eBooks for You

Jonathan Parnell
24 Free eBooks for You
Over the past two years, the team at desiringGod.org has published a series of ebooks made available to our readers free of charge. Get the full list of 24, download, and enjoy.
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Learning from a Hard Knox Life

Jonathan Parnell
Learning from a Hard Knox Life
John Knox turns 500 this year. Actually, historians are not certain whether it was 1514 or 1515, but sometime around there, in the little market town of Haddington, Scotland, down the street from Saint Mary’s Church, Knox was born.
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Who Else But You?

Jonathan Parnell
Who Else But You?
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever...
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A Sermon for Your Day

Jonathan Parnell
A Sermon for Your Day
Preaching matters because words matter. This is the way God has hardwired humans. Just as he has eternally communicated in his triune fellowship, he has created us as communicative beings...
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